U.S. Military Authorities Surrender 100 Oswiecim Guards to Poland for Trial

The trial of Rudolf Hoess, former commander of the Oswiecim death camp, which was originally scheduled to open Nov. 5, has been postponed indefinitely because the Polish Government now plans to try him together with 100 guards and other members of the Oswiecim staff who were recently turned over to Poland by the American military authorities in Germany.

Among the war criminals handed over to the Polish military mission in Berlin was Gen. Jacob Sporrenberg, who was chief of the S.S. police in Lublin during 1943 and 1944. Sporrenberg was one of the organizers of the infamous Mailanek camp and was responsible for the wholesale extermination of the Jews in Lublin. The Polish mission is also trying to secure the extradition of Gen. Stroop who suppressed the Warsaw ghetto revolt.

The mission has also received from the American authorities comprehensive files of the criminal experiments carried out on inmates of the concentration camps by German doctors and scientists. The documents will be used in a trial of a group of Nazi scientists. The Jewish Central Historical Commission has requested permission to officially represent the Jews at the forthcoming trials of Hans Bubow, torturer of Lodz Jews, and Ludwig Fischer, known as the “hangman of Warsaw.”

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